Portrait photograph of Willard Motley (1909-1965). Willard Motley, Carl Van Vechten.

Portrait photograph of Willard Motley (1909-1965).

[New York: [June 13, 1947?].

Half length portrait of the author in coat and tie, Gelatin silver print. 1 vols. 24 cm x 18.2 cm. (approximately 9-1/2 x 7-1/8 inches). Photographer's blind stamp at lower left, pencilled note on verso giving the name of the subject. Provenance: The estate of Saul Mauriber, Van Vechten's assistant and executor of Van Vechten's photography estate and the compiler of PORTRAITS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF CARL VAN VECHTEN (1978). Item #222361

Portrait of the author in the full flush of success. It was in 1947 that Chicago author Willard Motley (1909-1965) published his first novel, Knock on Any Door, which was both a critical and popular success, and which was eventually made into a movie (starring Humphrey Bogart ) in 1949. Unlike other Afro-American authors of his day, Motley deals with the overwhelming forces of poverty as depicted in the transformation of a poor Italian-American from altar-boy to armed robber to murderer.

Inscribed in the image, " For my friend Saul / thanks for your friendship - and for liking my book - and for holding the lights. / Your friend / Will"

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